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BOEING OFFERS EARLY RETIREMENT

Boeing Co. said Friday that for the first time ever it was offering special retirement incentives to 13,000 workers to ease the need for layoffs at the airplane maker, which has been cutting staff because of falling orders.

At the same time Boeing issued letters to 5,000 workers warning that they could face possible layoff in 60 days as part of its previously stated goal of reducing its work force by 7,000, or 6 percent, this year.

A company spokesman said Boeing has not adjusted its target, although depending how many people decide to retire the ultimate work force reduction this year could be far higher than 7,000.

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